King Richard

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • King Richard transcends sport biopic formulas with refreshingly nuanced storytelling -- and a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    Brandi is a more interesting character, thanks to a superb performance from Ellis, and their scenes together are the best in the movie, although the tennis sequences are very well shot and edited.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Smith is entertaining. His single-mindedness should make him a bore but he somehow retains his talent to amuse whatever else is on his mind.
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    Mara ReinsteinUs Weekly
    Featuring a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role, proving that a hero is not necessarily easy to root for.
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    Max WeissBaltimore Magazine
    This is a dream role for Will Smith and he attacks it with gusto. Williams is a larger-than-life character who just happens to be real, and Smith embodies his underdog, combative, indefatigable spirit to perfection.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Soraya Nadia McDonaldThe Undefeated
    King Richard has a Will Smith problem. It is obviously meant to be award catnip for Smith and a cinematic crowning for Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena. And yet Smith's starring role may be the weakest part of the film.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    In this compelling, well-acted but conventionally told biopic about the unconventional dad of tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams, actor Will Smith makes another convincing bid to collect some acting trophies.
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    Matthew ToomeyABC Radio Brisbane
    It leans a little too much in one direction but King Richard also asks audiences to think about the relationship between parents and young kids when it comes to sport.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    A sports biopic that scores a few moments with the pleasant performance of Will Smith, but at times I have the feeling that it extends unnecessarily when it repeats the same marketing clichés of family personal growth. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Kate RodgerNewshub (NZ)
    It's compelling, insightful, galvanising and very entertaining.
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    Jim Schembrijimschembri.com
    Less a sports movie than a barbed drama about the pros and pitfalls of over-parenting, the film serves up a captivating opus about the formative years of the Williams tennis titans as seen from the perspective of their loving, deeply imperfect father.
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